7 Dreamy Ethereal Wedding Dresses for the Romantic Bride

Float down the aisle in these diaphanous dresses

Updated 08/16/19

Photo by Alison Dunn Photography

Move over, heavy layers of ruffle, tulle, and organza—we're loving ethereal wedding dresses right now. As a ball gown favorite, you may have held the crown for quite a while now, but it looks like designers have been working with a lighter hand.

From Theia to Marchesa, their craftwork creates a more subtle effect, but one that is equally as striking. Soft layers, airy movement, and cascading tiers produce a delicate touch that promises to glide down the aisle with a dreamy grace. Such artfully designed gossamer fabrics create an ethereal feel made of a bride's wildest dreams; but now, they're a reality.

Light fabrics are no longer just for the sexy dress—take a look at these beauties below.

Courtesy of Monique Lhuillier

Simplicity takes over in this loose A-line, Style BL18109 in Monique Lhuillier's Bliss collection. A sheer bodice with nude underlining and a deep V bring a dash of sexiness to the fairy-tale feel of the skirt. We love this one for a woodland wedding.

Photo by Firstview; Courtesy of Ines di Santo

The cascading chiffon overlay in Ines Di Santo's Maci ripples like water down the aisle. A natural waist and angular ruffles accentuate the fluidity of the skirt, while gentle floral embroidery gracing its center mirrors the lace of the V-neck bodice.

Courtesy of Sabrina Dahan

The feminine touch of Sabrina Dahan is unmistakable in her Liliane gown. Floral adornments, one of the season's hottest trends, trail down wispy clouds of tulle while a gauzy wrap overlay across the bodice channels the magical vibe of the skirt.

Photo by Dan Lecca; Courtesy of Francesca Miranda

Francesca Miranda's Juliette A-line takes romance for a bohemian spin with a lace bodice, silk organza skirt featuring hand-embroidered floral appliqués and tiered stitching, and matching long sleeves.

Photo by Sarra Fleur; Courtesy of Anne Barge

A bodice and three-quarter sleeves of illusion lace in Anne Barge's Ava yields a tender touch to a godet skirt full of movement. Dreamy and waiflike, this effortless number is rich in the decadence of minimalism.

Courtesy of Theia

A modest lace bodice and ribbon detailing makes Theia's Soley gown more than sweet. Stacked layers of floaty tulle in different lengths bring a subtly playful, modern feel while keeping the look lighter than it already is.

Courtesy of Marchesa

With lace trim, cold shoulders, flared sleeves, pleats, and asymmetrical lace design, this Marchesa Notte confection is all about saccharine details. Its breezy silhouette and delicate design takes on old-world romance.

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